Come Home to a Better Sale

You may sell just one home in your lifetime or multiple residences. If you’re really lucky, you will live in the same home all of your life.

With that said, putting your residence up for sale can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking time.

While you are likely excited about moving into some new digs, you have the inevitable stress that comes with getting your current residence ready to show, listing your home, and ultimately having someone bite on the price you are requesting.

So, how can you make the sale of your home easier, faster, and ultimately successful?


Be Ahead of the Game

In order to get your residence ready to be listed, make sure you:

  • Clean and organize it thoroughly – You may think that getting your home ready to be seen by others just means a quick cleaning/organizational afternoon, but it is much more than that. Spend the time and the money to have your home professionally cleaned from top to bottom. If you’ve been known to be a pack rat over the years, even look at hiring a professional organizer to come in an de-clutter the place. While the location and price of the home you are selling both prove important, the appearance and shape you present the home in to prospective buyers matters more than you may think. The time and effort you put into having your residence properly presentable for the first potential buyer who comes and looks at it could make the difference between selling your home fast and having it sit on the market for weeks and even months;
  • Make all necessary repairs – Even though you might think that the smallest of repairs won’t make all that much of a difference when prospective buyers come to see your home, think again. While major repairs such as plumbing needs, air conditioning and heater issues, and electrical system malfunctions etc. should always be addressed and completed before any sale listing, the smaller ones should not be overlooked either. While that does not mean a burned out lightbulb is of the utmost importance, it does mean things like a broken garbage disposal or dishwasher, problems with the outdoor sprinkler system, a garage door that doesn’t open and close properly, and countless other items should not be brushed aside. Unless you can strike an agreement with an incoming tenant to either fix the issue/s on their own and/or lower the sale price If they do, make the needed smaller repairs too before putting the home on the market;
  • Hire the best real estate agent – In most towns, it is not hard to find a real estate agent. That said the challenge is oftentimes finding the best one to suit your needs. Assuming this is the first time you’ve put a home on the market, be sure to find an agent who is doing the sale for your benefit, not the other way around. Yes, he or she is looking to make a good commission on selling your home, but you do not want to be dealing with an agent who puts your interests secondary to theirs. In order to track down the best agent, use a variety of tools at your disposal, including the Internet and family and friends. For the web, go online and research real estate agents in your town via a Google search. You want to look at multiple agents, weeding out those who do not best fit your needs. Look to see how long they have been in the business, if they have any complaints from customers or been called out by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) etc. and if they have a social media presence/and how active they are on there. The last one can be a good indicator of their willingness (or unwillingness) to respond to consumers, especially given how many individuals use Facebook, Twitter, and other such social mediums these days to discuss their overall dealings with businesses of all kinds. You can also lean on family and friends by asking them which agent/s they have dealt with and if they were happy with the agent’s efforts in selling their home for them.


With the U.S. real estate market good in some areas and not so good in others, it pays to be fully prepared on a number of fronts before you ever put that first home for sale listing out there.

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